Carole Freeman is an American and Canadian contemporary artist best known for intensely rendered portraits and narratives of cultural, social, political, and personal significance. She treats the subjects of her pictures with a distinctive intimacy, whether they are celebrities, artists, newsworthy figures, family, friends, or strangers.
Freeman works from both life and varied source material like found and personal photographs, film stills, mass media images, or famous historical paintings. Her paintings, powerfully produced with gestural brushstrokes, are processed through close observation and an instinctual understanding of the time in which she lives.
Freeman currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
2018 Unsung, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY.
2016 Something About Winnipeg, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada.
Selections 2012-2016, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada.
2011 Portraits of Facebook, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Doing the Docs, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto International Film Festival Headquarters, Toronto, Canada.
2010 If the Paparazzi Could Paint (Part II), Hyatt Regency Hotel, International Film Festival Official Headquarters, Toronto, Canada.
If the Paparazzi Could Paint (Part I), Rebecca Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS ART FAIRS
2018 Satellite Art Show, Curatious, Miami, FL.
Boston International Fine Art Show, Brenda Taylor Gallery, Boston, MA.
Art New York, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, New York, NY.
2017 Young Masters, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK.
Art +, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY.
2015 ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Toronto, Canada.
2014 ArtToronto, Gurevich Fine Art, Toronto, Canada.
Classical Values: Modern and Contemporary Drawing, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, California.
Women's Art, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada.
2013 Women's Art Now, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, California.
2012 Art Takes Times Square, New York, New York.
2018 Portrait Commission, The Glass House, New Canaan, CT.
2016-18 Three paintings for Collection Jerry Saltz (Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine) and Roberta Smith (Senior Art
Critic, NY Times), New York, NY.
2014 Twins Series, Private Collection, Toronto, Canada.
2012 Portrait of Leslie Sacks published in African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection, Skira.
2010-11 Nine Drawings of Man Friday, commissioned by Blue Leaf Gallery for Lord and Lady Glentorran, Dublin, Ireland.
Portraits of Norman Jewison, David Mirvish, and Ucal Powell, Harold Green Theatre Company, Toronto, Canada.
Four Paintings of Bert, Private Collection, Toronto, Canada.
Portrait of Jeremy Chilnick, Commissioned by Morgan Spurlock, New York, NY.
2018 Brown University, Visiting Artist Lecture, Providence, RI, November 7, 2018.
2012 Canadian Arts Summit, Guest Panelist, Making Art in the Age of New Media, moderated by Janet Carding,
Director Royal Ontario Museum, Banff Centre, Canada.
Portrait Painting Party, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
GRANTS AWARDS RESIDENCIES
1990 University of Toronto, Visual Art Award, Faculty of Education, Toronto, Canada.
1982 Canada Council, Project Cost Grant, Montreal, Canada.
1980 La Cite Internationale des Arts, Four Month Residency, Paris, France.
1979 Royal College of Art, Travel Award, Italy.
1978 Canada Council, Project Cost Grant, London, England.
Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada. Continental Oil Company, London, UK. Royal College of Art, London, UK., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. York University, Toronto, Canada, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, Winnipeg, Canada.
Private Collections: UK, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Australia, USA including Guy and Nora Barron Collection, Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith Collection, Morgan Spurlock, Leslie Sacks Estate, Stefan Olsson (Stena Sphere), Brian Levitt (Chair, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / TD Bank Financial Group), and Lord and Lady Glentoran Collection.
The Brown Daily Herald
New York Magazine
Wall Street International
Winnipeg Free Press
Must-Sees This Week: November 3 to 9, 2016. November 3, 2016.
Globe and Mail
The National Post
Portraits from Pokes. 1 December 2011.
Celebrity Apprentice. 9 September 2010.
Berkshire Fine Arts
Friend Me: Portraits and Projects, Carole Freeman. 22 January 2012.
Canadian Jewish News
Akimbo Art and Tech
The Star Blogs
Pretty As a Picture. 15 September 2011.
Friend Me at The Edward Day Gallery. Here and Now, CBC Radio, 1 December 2011.
1991 Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
1980 Master of Arts, Royal College of Art, School of Painting, London, England.
1977 Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors (Dean's Honors List), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.